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A four-stage programme for parents and families looking to introduce a dog into their home for the therapeutic and practical benefits that can be brought to a child with autism, including development of communication skills and toilet training. Based on first-hand knowledge, the programme was created through the successful experience the author had bringing up two children at opposite ends of the autism spectrum. This guide is comprehensive and highly practical, with case examples, tips and advice throughout. It covers all aspects of responsible ownership and training of the dog as a companion dog, and it provides tips throughout the dog's entire life cycle. Accessible for families and professionals alike, this innovative programme can have a huge impact on the life of children with disabilities.
Meet Molly Polly, the diabetes alert dog whose round-the-clock job is to keep her two young owners healthy; Bailey, the Assistant Director of Seagulls, who keeps the pesky birds away from the heritage vessels at the Australian National Maritime Museum; and Daisy, the Collie mix who's a full-time guide dog for another dog. From inspirational moments of bravery to dogs doing the jobs that no one else can, these are the life-affirming stories of the most remarkable dogs on the planet.
Even the best relationships aren't always problem-free - and the one that you have with your dog is no exception. So when a dilemma arises, what you need is this book! One of the first titles in the 'Dog's Eye View' series, it not only offers good, workable, up-to-date advice for dealing with any and all of the problems that your dog may throw at you, but is also the first book to look at the situation from the canine, as well as the human, point of view. Studies into the behaviour and cognition of the domestic dog have never been more popular, and understanding why your dog does what he does is the first and most important step to knowing how to fix it. Learn to identify when your dog is simply exhibiting normal canine behaviour - but in the wrong place - and when a problem is the result of him feeling fear or confusion. Discover how you can read your dog's body language, and anticipate many problems before they ever arise. And gain your dog's trust, so that not only is he your best friend, but he feels, too, that you are his. Appealing, readable text is matched with commissioned photography to make this a guide that shows as well as tells.
An indispensable guide to the first year (and beyond) of dog ownership, this is also the first book to look at situations from the puppy's, as well as the human's, point of view. This essential guide covers: eating, sleeping, playing, training, socialising (both with people and with other dogs), problem-solving and building the best-ever relationship with your puppy.
What should you do if you can't train your dog to heel? Or it keeps tearing up the furniture? Or it's aggressive around other animals? The Pawfect Guide to Thinking like a Dog doesn't waste time on lengthy and complicated explanations that you will never finish reading, let alone put into practice. Instead, it explains your dog's behaviour from tail wagging to self-harming, and in brief instructions explains how to train your hound, how to handle tricky issues and how to address health matters. Featuring 110 colour photographs, the book deftly addresses all manner of issues, from fouling to whining, from barking to disobedience, from how to travel with your dog to how to wash your dog to how to train your dog to behave around children. Packed with easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply information, The Pawfect Guide to Thinking like a Dog is an essential guide to forging a lasting, healthy relationship.
Most dog owners tend to think of games as the reward that comes after a training session with their pet. But there' s no need to separate play and work- play makes a terrific training tool if you just know which games to pick. Fun & Games for a Smarter Dog offers dozens of options to help you build your bond wth your dog, work on his obedience, boost his thinking skills, and ramp up his fitness levels. It' s tailored to suit different canine personalities so that you can pick and choose between appropriate activities, and it explains the benefits your dog will get from every trick or game you teach. It covers the rules of dog/dog play, too, and, best of all, it ensures that your pet will be having so much fun that he' ll never even know he' s been taking classes.
Challenge your Dog! Amaze your friends and family. This fun-filled book is a one-stop guide to keeping your dog fit and young at heart. Whether you own a cerebral hound or a terrier that just wants to be in constant motion, theres a range of games to suit any natural preference. Engaging photographs and step-by-step instructions ensure that learning the games couldnt be simpler. And with useful information on behaviour and training techniques, plus advice on choosing the right games for your breed, 50 Games to Play With Your Dog will make sure you both get the most out of your playtime together.
From his roster of celebrity clients to his reality television series, Cesar Millan is America's most sought-after dog behaviour expert. Now, he reveals the amazing ways our pets can teach us. In this affecting book, he shares eight heartwarming stories about the dogs that have inspired him the most - and the lessones he's learned from them about healing and more. Each chapter, drawing on celebrity and noncelebrity clients alike, spotlights the essential traits that allow these animals to make the best of their situations - from authenticity to acceptance - and reveals how we can embrace these values to enrich our own lives. Sharing never-before-told insights, Cesar imparts a unique blueprint for seeking happiness and fulfillment through caninc companionship.
Dr. McConnell added new information about the benefits of positive reinforcement AND the importance of realistic expectations. For instance, "sit" while waiting for the food bowl is NOT equivalent to "sit" when company comes to the door! While it's almost twice the size of the original, the book is still easy to read, user-friendly and priced right for trainers and dog owners. It's the perfect guide for positive-based training classes or for new dog owners flying solo! Expanded sections/special topics include:
* Positive Reinforcement
* House Training
* Crate Training
* Handling/Collar Touch
* How to Stop Unwanted Behavior
* Helping Puppies Conquer Their Fears
* How Play Teaches Obedience and Emotional Control
* How Not to Play!
* Lots of New Tricks and Games
Discover 100 ways to train a well-mannered, calm, confident and happy family pet by following expert advice from experienced dog trainers Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller. Practical step-by-step instructions and clear photographs demonstrate essential techniques, and progressive exercises, and bronze, silver and gold certificates provide structure and achievable goals, enabling you to teach your dog key skills. Fun games reinforce the training, giving your dog appropriate mental and physical stimulation. 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog includes: Why train your dog? - this chapter shows the benefits of owning a well-trained dog, how important it is to have a happy, appropriately stimulated, well-fed and looked after dog who does not display aggressive behavior. There is a brief outline of learning theory: positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment, negative punishment, classical conditioning, operant conditioning. You will be taught how dogs learn, how dogs communicate, how to approach a dog, and the basics such as a dog's environment, exercise, equipment, toys and appropriate play. This section also covers special cases where you might need to take a slightly different approach, such as with puppies or deaf or blind dogs. How to train your dog? - in this chapter you will learn about clicker training, Tellington TTouches and how to establish the basics. In the Bronze certificate section you will follow exercises to teach your dog simple foundation exercises such as sit, come, off and down. The exercises in the Silver certificate section introduce stay, fetch and retrieve, they show you how to integrate other people into your dog's life in a way that is fun, safe and rewarding for all concerned. Finally, the Gold certificate section shows you how to further your skills and provide ways to keep your dog mentally satisfied with more fun games, handy tips and training exercises, including the sit and down out of sight, chase recall, searching for hidden toys and treats and leg weaves. Whether you are training a puppy or solving specific problems with an older dog, this positive guide is the perfect companion and will help to deepen the understanding and trust between you and your dog.
'Brain Games For Dogs' is a brilliantly conceived compendium of fun games, tricks and activities that you can enjoy with your dog that will help to stretch and challenge it mentally and allow it to enjoy a top quality workout for the mind.
An indispensible guide to raising your new puppy from the author of The Dog Listener. From teething to training, this book follows the development of your puppy from new pet to best friend. In The Puppy Listener Jan Fennell presents a simple-to-follow yet detailed handbook for puppy owners. Whether this is your first pup or you are a seasoned dog-owner, the hints and tips in this concise guide are valuable and well informed. This handy guide follows the life of your puppy from weaning to walking. Jan Fennell covers every aspect of caring for your new best friend - from introducing a puppy into its new home and handling it in public, to dealing with behavioural problems. With detailed sections on everything from exercise to diet, there are problem-solving guides dealing with worries such as biting or anxiety. Once again Jan illustrates her points with entertaining and inspiring real-life cases from her own work with damaged and delinquent dogs. Her love of animals is contagious and she inspires owners to persevere with their pups and show them who is boss. The book contains photographs and plate sections which accompany the text.
"Charming, rich, intelligent...and best of all, on every page Kathryn Miles displays her love for Ari and dogs of every kind."- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep When Kathryn Miles adopts Ari, an exotic Jindo dog, the two of them begin to explore the outdoors together. A dog sees the world quite differently from a person. For starters, he or she is much closer to the ground-to what we've been trying to preserve more and more of these days. A dog is the original environmental activist: the sights, sounds, and smells of nature are what make a dog a dog. If you want to learn more about nature, try enjoying life like a dog. Kathryn Miles decides to do just that when she becomes determined to let Ari live life on her own terms. Once some basic ground rules are set, Kathryn takes the leash off her dog and the blinders off her own eyes. A new world soon emerges: she and Ari explore a backyard landscape of grass, mud, snow, trees, and the occasional fox. They find the scent of a northern wind, the footprints of a startled raccoon, and other secrets of the natural world. The puppy's free-spirited outlook teaches Kathryn to see more when she might otherwise have seen less, while adding a certain excitement and clarity of vision. Soon, Kathryn begins to give up control and experience the world as Ari learns it. Peppered with factual information about our natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, Adventures with Ari makes compelling reading for dog lovers as well as anyone who's been out and about in the woods. Like most projects of discovery, this process forces Kathryn to uncover much more than the physical-it allows important insight to her thoughts and feelings and her relationship with her entire family, all thanks to a puppy named Ari.
Your dog should not be fed on food that comes from a packet or a tin, as prepared dog foods are often of poor quality and often have been cooked at such high temperatures that the enzymes have been destroyed. Many owners are gradually beginning to appreciate that the way they feed their dog is as important as the way they feed their family. It is considered sensible to give the family, especially children, fresh meat, fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables and provide a supplement if considered to be necessary. Although there are some differences in the foods dogs require, and the way they are prepared, it is possible to feed the family pet in a similar and sensible way. Dogs do not have to eat manufactured foods - in the wild, they survived without them. Rosamund Walters spent her life believing in the natural way to feed dogs for a better life and happiness. She did not support chemical and unnatural foods which many dogs are fed today, believing the natural way is the best way for a dog to live a healthy and happy life, with the added benefit to the owner of the reduction of vets' bills due to fewer illnesses.
Born on the streets of Bucharest, Romania, Ursu was caught and flung into one of the country's most notorious kill shelters where miraculously, against all the odds, he survived several years before catching the eye of someone living thousands of miles away in the UK. Unwanted for the first seven years of his life, broken, terrified and unapproachable, this tells the story of how a feral and badly abused dog, already approaching his senior years, gradually learned to let go of his fears and anchor his trust in humans, the very species responsible for his years of excruciating pain and incarcerated misery. When we think about a feral canine we likely conjure up images of a dog that has never had contact with humans, possibly living its life out in forest or open landscape, not having experienced human interaction. But the meaning of feral is `wild, untamed, undomesticated, untrained' and this was Ursu, aged between seven and nine, when he was rescued in January 2015. The saying `you can't teach an old dog new tricks' is probably one of the oldest proverbial sayings around, with citations of it going back to the 16th century relating to shepherdry and the training of dogs. A saying so commonly used in today's everyday language it should act as a cautionary warning against taking a risk on an ageing dog that had never obeyed a word of human command and indeed had grown to fear people. A dog has no idea how we want it to behave. An obvious comment given we're human and a dog is a dog, but it's easy to overlook this, unconsciously relying on the innate intelligence of a dog to do the understanding. Over time, they work out for themselves the real demands we are making of them through all our mixed messages and inconsistencies, but in reality, it's our job as humans to assist a dog to become socialised and to do this kindly and in a consistent manner. A badly behaved dog isn't a bad dog; a terrified dog even less so. Get it right, and with patience and full commitment, most dogs will respond positively. Ursu is living proof.
Make training fun and effective
This friendly guide shows you how to select the right training method for your dog, based on his unique personality, to reach your desired goals. Whether you want to teach Buddy to sit or master retrieving, you'll get expert training tips and techniques for you and your dog -- to ensure a mutually respectful relationship with your four-legged friend.
Concentrate on canines -- discover why your dog acts the way she does, understand her nutritional needs, and ready yourself for the task of training your dog
Prep for your pup -- prepare your home for your puppy's arrival, discover the importance of socialization, and get started on housetraining
Put your best paw forward -- teach basic commands like Sit, Stay, and Down, and get the scoop on how to deal with doggie don'ts like chewing, digging, and excessive barking
Take training to the next level -- get involved in organized dog activities and competitions, where you'll both show off impressive tricks like retrieving, figure 8s, and much more
Open the book and find:
Step-by-step instructions for teaching your dog basic commands
Helpful advice on crate training
Safe ways to address aggression and separation anxiety
Tips for teaching Buddy to behave himself around people and other dogs
Techniques to keep your senior dog feeling young
Health issues that can interfere with training
Experts to turn to for training help
Use positive reinforcement as an effective teaching tool
Select the gear you need for training success
Teach the basics including Sit, Stay, and Down
Eliminate unwanted behavior
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